I was diagnosed in April of 1992 of RA. First it was gold shots for 18 months, had the best tan of my life but still suffered in pain. Then here comes Enbrel on the market, the wonder drug. Wondered if it would indeed work. You had to jump through hoops to get on the approved list to even be dispensed this very expensive medicine. I loved it, hate giving myself shots but the benefits way over weighted the negatives in my book. Now in the last month my Enbrel is not doing as it should. I never thought of it stopping, why would I, I felt great could do just about anything I wanted to for all most 20 years. Now what am I to do? I have an appt with my RA doc who I think the world of in a few days. We will see I guess. Right now the pain is overwhelming, it is literally in every joint, this flare. I am having to go back to the way it was when I was first diagnosed and I sincerely hate going backwards. Hot water soaks, hot wax therapy for hands and feet. BIOFREEZE for knees, elbows, shoulders and where else I can reach. Right now it sucks being me, and the people I work with in the 991 center haven't a clue, just how much pain I'm in. I'm ready to cry and nearly took myself to the ER today. Not that they would know what to do. Prayer is wonderful and I know he will never give me more then I can handle, I'm much stronger then lot's of folks. I have to work, some don't so now I start earlier then usual so I can manage my pain. You do what you have to do. The LORD helps those that helps themselves so all I can say is keep at it. My other RA doc gave me 18 months art diagnosis to be in a wheel chair that was 21 years ago. I'm still walking on my own two feet , know that you can too!View Thread
Well, hell I'd like to say I have none of the above but that would be a misnomer. The only one on the list I don't have is hoarseness and that's a wonder when you talk for a living. I was diagnosed with Sjogrens last year so that adds to the fatigue. I had carpal tunnel surgery in November of 12, so I have been there too. On top of these symptoms I have sleep apnea so hey what the heck. My son recently bought me a jar opener, should of had one years ago as this one is electric and it works great. These lumps under the skin I have an issue with and will have doc take a look when I return to see him this Thursday. I have had 6 under my right armpit in the last two months. Mine raise up and are so sensitive till they burst open, is that suppose to happen. As I have a golf ball size lump on my elbow that is hard and does not bother me much. Something I have been wondering about it the antidepressant Cymbalta. It is designed I understand to help with chronic depression due to pain. Sounds like the one I need to be on in place of Celebrex.View Thread
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